Tampa Personal Injury Lawyer
If someone else is responsible for causing you serious injuries, you have the legal right to bring them to justice. Work with a skilled personal injury attorney in Tampa to achieve maximum repayment of your losses.
Sometimes accidents just happen, but this doesn’t mean that the person or persons who caused the accidents shouldn’t be held accountable for their actions.
When you have suffered a catastrophic injury at the hands of another, your entire life could be upheaved. With mounting medical bills and an inability to earn a living while you’re unable to work, you could find yourself struggling to make ends meet.
Fortunately, your seasoned Tampa personal injury lawyer at Anderson & Anderson can help you obtain the compensation that is rightfully yours. We’ll work diligently to determine who’s at fault and how much your claim is worth, so don’t stop until you are fully repaid for everything you’ve been through.
When to Pursue a Civil Lawsuit with the Help of an Attorney
As you begin to look online to find out what your legal options are after being injured in Tampa, Florida, you’ll likely see the term “accident” all over, and while it’s true that there are several types of accidents that warrant the fight for compensatory repayment, the true sign of a strong personal injury claim is negligence, recklessness, or wanton disregard for others.
If you’ve been injured in any of these situations, you could have a case against the individual or entity responsible for harming you:
- Dog bites
- Motor vehicle wrecks
- Medical malpractice
- Product liability accidents
- Nursing home abuse
- Premises liability accidents
What You Need to Know about Comparative Fault
It is unfortunate how many injury victims believe that being partially at fault means they are unable to secure the compensation they need to recuperate.
Florida’s comparative negligence law allows injury victims to pursue litigation despite having played a part in the cause of their accident, while accepting responsibility for their own actions by having their award reduced in conjunction with the level of fault they carry. Let’s take a look at an example of comparative fault in a personal injury claim below.
Say you were involved in trucking accident that was caused by a drunk truck driver. However, the investigation shows that you were speeding and are therefore partially liable. The judge might say you are 10 percent to blame (for example) and reduce your $250,000 award accordingly. This would result in a settlement of $225,000.
Every case is different, so if you believe you may have contributed to the accident that caused your injuries, you’ll need to speak with your attorney to learn more about how you can expect comparative fault to influence the outcome of your Tampa accident claim.
How the Statute of Limitations May Impact Your Case
For nearly every type of legal action taken, there is a statute of limitations, or a certain amount of time, within which all individuals must pursue their charges or claims against the defense. What this means for your Tampa case is that your claim must be filed within the Florida court system before the four-year statute of limitations expires.
The clock will start running from the date you were diagnosed with an injury relating to an incident or from the date of the incident in question. Once the four years have passed, if you were unable to file your lawsuit, you will have lost the opportunity to do so, as the judge will bar your case from being heard.
With so many legalities surrounding personal injury laws in Florida, you can rest assured that your injury lawyer will do everything possible to see that your claim is filed well within this critical deadline.
Common Damages You Could Be Awarded
It’s easy enough to say that you want to make the culpable party pay for their recklessness, but quantifying your damages is the only way to know how much compensation we will seek in your personal injury claim. Losses are classified as being economic or non-economic. Economic damages refer to the ways your injuries have cost you financially. Some examples of these losses include:
- Damage to your property
- Lost income and earning capacity
- Medical treatment and care
- Other out-of-pocket costs
Non-economic damages consist of every other way your life has been negatively impacted by the injuries you sustained. Frequently sought non-economic damages might include:
- Loss of consortium, society, and support
- Pain and suffering
- Psychological trauma
- Loss of household services
- Significant scarring or disfigurement
- Lost quality of life
Once these individual damages have been valuated, their combined value will be what we sue the at-fault party for when we file your claim in court.
Tampa Personal Injury FAQ
You probably have never been through an experience like this before, and you therefore likely have no idea what you should expect as you move through the claims process. For this reason, we have provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions our former clients have had as they prepared to pursue the compensation they deserved.
If you have a question that hasn’t been answered on this page, come in for a free consultation so we can learn more about the specific details surrounding your potential personal injury claim.
How serious do my injuries need to be to file a claim in Tampa?
You can reasonably expect that the worse your injuries are, the more you’ll be awarded. That’s not to say that those who have endured less-severe injuries are not entitled to repayment, as different types of injuries have different effects.
For instance, some people who suffer from broken bones will simply wear a cast and eventually regain full function of their affected limb, while others will suffer permanent disability and loss of function for the same type of break. If you are unsure of whether you should seek recovery of your damages, speak with your attorney.
What happens if a government agency is liable for my losses?
Claims against government agencies are quite similar to those against other individuals and entities, with a few key exceptions. First, the statute of limitations is three years instead of the four years you’re allowed for the majority of personal injury claims. If you’ll be pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit in Tampa, the statute of limitations is only two years from the date of the decedent’s passing.
When suing a government agency in Tampa, you will also have a cap of $300,000 if more than one agency is being sued and $200,000 if only one agency is being sued. This is different from your standard personal injury damages, as the Supreme Court of Florida has found such caps unconstitutional in standard injury cases.
I’m in no shape to go to court. Can we settle instead?
We will never recommend that you settle for less than your claim is worth. With that being said, it is possible that we can avoid court if negotiations with the insurance company are successful.
But even in these instances, we may have to go to court in order to obtain full compensation for your losses. The insurer will only need to settle for the maximum limits of their policyholder’s policy, but in many cases, this still isn’t enough to repay the damages you’re owed.
Contact a Qualified Personal Injury Attorney in Tampa
When you are already dealing with the financial, psychological, and lifestyle damages you suffered due to your injuries, the last thing you need is to be struggling to gather the information needed to build a powerful civil claim.
Reach out to a skilled Tampa personal injury lawyer at Anderson & Anderson today so we can begin working for you. You can schedule your complimentary claim review by phone at 813-251-0072 or through the convenient contact form we have included at the bottom of this page.
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- Personal Injury
- Car Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Broken Bones
- Bus Accidents
- Construction Accidents
- Dog Bites
- Medical Malpractice
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Premises Liability
- Product Liability
- Sexual Abuse
- Wrongful Death
- Work Injuries